Library Services


Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences reading room

Online resources

An extensive range of electronic resources are available, and these databases are relevant to Earth Sciences, in particular:

Indexes and abstracts
  • GeoRef : the American Geological Institute's database containing over 2 million records and covers geological literature from North America from 1785 and the rest of the world from 1933.
  • GEOBASE : covers human and physical geography, ecology, geology, oceanography and geomechanics back to 1980.
  • Earthquake Engineering Abstracts: indexes and abstracts of all major journals that publish significant earthquake engineering research.
  • Web of Science (Science Citation Index) : indexes over 6000 science journals from 1981 onwards.
  • SCOPUS : multi-disciplinary database containing references to journal articles, conference proceedings, trade publications, book series and web resources.
Other databases, which may be of use are:
  • Digimap - Geology Digimap : provides online access to geological maps and data from the British Geological Survey. Individual registration is required.
  • Digimap - Marine Digimap : provides online access to view and download hydrographic and marine data from SeaZone Solutions Limited. Two datasets: Hydrospatial (in ESRI and MapInfo formats) and Charted Raster (GeoTiff format) are available. Individual registration is required.
  • Knovel : an interactive database and ebook provider containing full-text science and engineering publications and including tables, graphs and equations which can be manipulated and exported.
  • Treatise on Geochemistry : an online encyclopaedia covering all disciplines and topics in the field of geochemistry.

Other Internet resources

Journal collections

The library holds both print and electronic journals (periodicals). Journals cannot be borrowed but may be photocopied, subject to copyright. Earth science journals that we keep on site are in the GEOSCIENCES Pers section on the third floor of the Science Library. Older journals and those which are also available electronically are held in the library store. These can be requested via the Store Request Form and will be available the next day.

Use Explore to search for journals.

For further information see Finding journals.

Book collections

The Earth Sciences collection is on the 3rd floor of the Science Library in the GEOLOGY book collection.

Book collections

The GEOLOGY collection is divided into several sections such as:

  • GEOLOGY A- introductions to geology
  • GEOLOGY B - dynamic and structural geology, including geophysics and geochemistry
  • GEOLOGY C - geomorphology, including oceanography
  • GEOLOGY D - mineralogy
  • GEOLOGY E - petrology
  • GEOLOGY F - economic geology
  • GEOLOGY G - historical geology and stratigraphy
  • GEOLOGY H - palaeontology
  • GEOLOGY I - planetary geology

Use Explore to find the exact class mark (shelf location) of a book.

Some of the other sections of the Library you might find useful:

General Resources

Find out more about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues.

The Institution of Structural Engineers Library is also open to all members of the UCL Engineering Faculty. The Library is located at 11 Upper Belgrave Street, London SW1X 8BH.

The London office of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is at 1 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PN. Email the IChemE for details of student membership.

The Energy Institute library is free for members of the Energy Institute. The Energy Institute holds a comprehensive collection of published material on all aspects of the oil and other energy industries. The library is at 61 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7AR

The British Library is a useful resource and all UCL staff and students can apply directly for reference access. You will need to bring identification showing proof of address (e.g. utility bill), proof of signature (e.g. driving licence) and proof of student or research status (UCL ID card) in order to obtain a reader's pass.

There is also more information about using other libraries, and links to other library catalogues. 

Regular training sessions on electronic library resources are held in the Library. For details see Information Skills Training. Individual training sessions on specific databases and other electronic resources can be arranged on request.

WISE for Built Environment, Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences: an online guide to finding and using information effectively. Go to UCL Moodle, and log in with your UCL userid and password. Click on WISE and select Built Environment, Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences to start the course.

  • Research Support: Services for researchers includes access to resources, undertaking research, disseminating, evaluating & preserving research.
  • Information on Open Access
  • UCL Discovery showcases UCL's research publications, giving access to journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, digital web resources, theses and much more, from all UCL disciplines.